Monday, December 11, 2017

Bookroo Children's Book Subscription Box Giveaway

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12 Reasons You Should Take Nature Walks with Your Kids...Any Time of Year!

            
            Hey folks! I've been slacking about letting/making the kids get outside as often as they usually do since the temperature has dropped lately. My goal is to get out more this winter too...Mostly because I know my kids will drive me absolutely crazy if we stay cooped up inside too much. It's already on my list to make sure each of them have appropriate gear for when it gets really cold/snowy. Third trimester of pregnancy or not, we're playing outside this winter!
             With that being said, I had (what I hope is) a good idea for a blog post the other day when we took a short, impromptu nature walk at home. I'm sure I've left a lot of good points out, but here are some of my thoughts to get you motivated to get outdoors with your kids...Any time of year!

*Exercise-I know. Obvious one. That's why I thought we'd start out with it. Everyone, including children, can benefit from some exercise, especially after being cooped up at school or at work, in your case.
*Fresh Air-Getting some fresh air outside is a great escape from stuffy indoor air, especially during the colder months when you're not as likely to spend as much time outdoors. Plus, unless you have, for example, some kind of respiratory illness, I believe getting fresh air can help alleviate sickness. Mine and Myka's noses were both less stuffy after we got done with our short walk the other day!
*Better Sleep-Yes, it is said that exercise helps wake you, but it also helps you sleep better as well!
*Less Grouchy-At least personally, I have found that my 5 year old seems to be less grouchy when we are outside more often.
*Burn Off Extra Energy-Most kids, at least at some point or another, can benefit from burning some extra energy off, right?! And again, in theory, it should help them fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. (Plus, who wants to deal with a hyper kid at the end of the day, amiright?)
*Physical Development-Walking with little ones and letting older kids climb trees, play in the creek, etc. along the way helps with gross motor development. Plus, if you do some close up investigating of bugs and whatnot, that helps with fine motor development!
*Risk Analysis-To go along with the previous point, kids can get a lot of experience with risk analysis in the woods if you let them. (Within reason, of course.) Let them climb on those logs. Let them try to climb that tree. Let them walk across stones in a creek. Unless your child is just really rambunctious and reckless, oftentimes children are better at judging what is safe and what is not more than we give them credit for.
*Educational/learning opportunities-I feel like this one probably goes without saying too, like exercise. There are SO many things you can learn about from going on nature walks: animal habitats, bird, tree, and plant identification, seasonal changes, etc. You can even talk about survival skills, if you're feeling adventurous!
*Become Aware of Your Surroundings-We all worry about “stranger danger” and safety in busy/public places with our kids. But, I don't know about you, I wish my 5 year old were more aware of her surroundings and paid better attention to what she is doing in general, no matter the location. I feel like nature walks helps with this, even if just briefly. As a matter of fact, she found two possum skeletons on our walk the other day that I probably wouldn't have even noticed until I stepped on them!
*Learn to Respect Nature-I think this applies to both adults AND children. You know what they say, if they develop a love for nature, they will naturally start respecting it and wanting to protect it. Again with learning opportunities, talk about how litter can harm wildlife and “leaving no trace behind”. (I think collecting some treasures, if you're not at a public place where it isn't allowed anyways, is ok before anyone gets their panties in a bunch. ;) )
*Time to Talk-Families are busy nowadays. School, work, extracurricular activities, and so on, it can become difficult to spend real quality time together. Taking nature walks together kind of forces you to slow down, in a good way, and be able to talk about what's going on in everyone's lives.
*Help with Seasonal Affective Disorder Symptoms-Even though we already talked about health benefits, I saved this one until the end since it applies more to adults. When looking up natural ways to help alleviate SAD symptoms, the main one you will find is getting more sunlight/vitamin C and D, which go hand in hand! I have issues with this and do find the more time I spend outdoors, the better off I am.

Do you get your kids out regardless of what time of year it is? What benefits would you add to this list?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Why TV is No Longer the Enemy...


             Hey folks! Like many of you, probably, I had lots of ideas on what I was NOT going to do when I had my own kids. It's easy to do, right? Then they finally arrive and things turn out very differently than you had imagined.
             For instance, as my 5 year old has gotten older, she seems to get bored more easily. She used to play by herself so well, too, when she was Ripley's age...Just like Ripley does (for the time being). Now, she doesn't even play with toys all that much. She'll go through phases where she will play almost obsessively with one thing or another (this week it is dragons, dinosaurs, and fairies) for a day or two, but that's about it. Myka is very much an activity and outing driven person.
             I love doing activities...within reason. Usually once we start doing things, she doesn't want to stop. “I wanna do more school stuff. Let's make another craft. What are we doing next?” And, to be honest, I'm still working on my patience game and she can be very...Trying. She throws fits over (what I believe to be, at least) stupid, little things, like a piece of construction paper moving on a craft project because she's pushing on it too hard. Or, oh my God, she has glue on her fingers and they're sticky...Even though I remind her constantly that we can wash our hands when we're done. Those are just a couple examples, but it gets exhausting quickly.
             She also wants to go somewhere all the time. Like, she literally asks me everyday if we can go somewhere. It's usually just Memaw and Papaw's house, but still. That's annoying enough. (Are we that bad?! My husband and I often wonder.) As I've mentioned before, I'm an introvert and while that doesn't mean I don't like going places, it does mean that it can stress me out or tire me out, usually the latter. Outings are draining for me most of the time.
             So by now, you may be wondering what any of this has to do with my original point. Well, TV. TV was one of those big things I was against before I had my own kids and as a new mom. We had already gotten rid of our cable by the time Myka was born, so it was easy enough. Movies were ok in my mind. (Though naturally, most of our kids' movies are Disney, which I still have some major qualms with.) But then, as I said, she got older...and more bored. And I just cannot physically and mentally commit myself to interacting with her as much as she may want some days. So...
             TV is no longer the enemy. We still don't have cable, but we do have some thing attached to the window that gets us some PBS channels. I like PBS. I'm ok with PBS. Their shows are actually educational and she enjoys them, so I don't mind. (Hell, I like watching some PBS shows! Have you seen The Vietnam War series? Amazing!)
             To be honest, she has actually learned quite a lot from her favorite PBS cartoons, especially Wild Kratts. Lately, she asks me every morning if Wild Kratts is coming on and I'm like, “Dude. Wild Kratts doesn't come on until it gets dark out! We just woke up!” lol I love that she loves nature shows, though. Heck, she even likes watching the David Attenborough shows we have on dvd. But that's a different story. We're talking about tv here. ;)
             Her other favorites are Dinosaur Train and Daniel Tiger. Thank-freaking-God, she has actually picked up some good life lessons from Daniel Tiger. I would be lying if I said my husband and I don't use it to our advantage too. “Remember what Daniel Tiger said the other day?” Our current favorite is, “You gotta try new food 'cause it might taste goo-ood!”
             With all that being said, I do still believe in moderation. Some days are better than others, of course, depending on what I need to get done for the day and what mood she and I are both in. I try to limit it to one or two shows in the morning while we eat and I do blog stuff. If we're not busy or she's not actually playing with something in the afternoon, I'll turn the tv on when Dinosaur Train and Daniel Tiger are on. (She loves Super Why too, which is great because she really needs to work on letters and reading!) I guess it boils down to a big thank you to PBS for actually having educational programs that aren't mind-numbingly stupid and I don't feel guilty about letting her watch...And, you know, saving my sanity on the not-so-good days. ;)
What is tv time like in your house? Do you have TV junkies or are you all about moderation?
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Pregnancy Journal #8: Why We're NOT Finding Out the Gender


             Hey folks! We have had mixed reactions about us not wanting to find out the gender of this baby until it's born...Many of which are (impatient) family and friends who think we're crazy for wanting to wait! So I figured why not discuss this in a post!
             To be totally honest, our initial reason for not wanting to find out was because we are both scared to death we will wind up with three girls. The thought of teenage years and puberty is frightening. My husband and I hate drama. It's already going to be rough with two girls, I'm sure.
             Not that this baby was an “accident” and not that we didn't realize there is the very real possibility of having another girl, but I would be lying if I said we both weren't really hoping for a boy. I think I have (mostly) finally come to terms with the possibility of having three girls, but one of my biggest worries still is disappointment. That is another big reason we don't want to find out. I don't want to be one of those extremists who really wanted one gender or the other and are so upset that it's not that they don't even care about having the baby any more. I don't think I could ever be that upset, but I still don't want to feel disappointed ahead of time and possibly resent the baby for a short time while I “get over it”. I would feel bad.
             A lot of people don't understand/agree with my theory on waiting to avoid the disappointment. “Wouldn't you rather know ahead of time so you can get over the initial disappointment?” No, and I'll tell you why. My theory, simply, is that after labor and finally getting the baby out, I won't care what gender it is. I'll just be happy it's over with and the baby is here safe and healthy, regardless of gender.
             Finally, this is DEFINITELY our last baby...Why not make it a surprise?! I never thought I would be one of those people who would want to or be able to wait until birth to find out the gender, but here I am. We found out the gender and announced her name ahead of time with our first. We only revealed the gender with our second. Why not leave everything a surprise for this one? Besides being the ultimate surprise for us, I get a sick sense of pleasure from tormenting my family and not letting them know. :D It's very entertaining!

Did you find out what gender you were having before birth or did you wait? I'd love to hear your reasons for either below! :)
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Coredy Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway

Coredy Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway

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Digital Forehead & Ear Thermometer Giveaway

Digital Forehead and Ear Themometer Giveaway

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Cards for the Elderly-Part 2: Supplies & Designs


            Welcome back! If you missed Part 1, you can catch up here. (Don't worry. It's not too long. :) ) Today we're going to talk about how you can get your own card-making party started...For cheap!
            First of all, if you don't know, I love crafting AND saving random things, such as Christmas paper, so we already had quite a few things to work with to begin with. But, I also bought quite a few things too. However, they were not nearly as expensive as I was afraid they were going to be. Like I said in the first post, I wanted to make lots of cards, but I didn't want it to cost an arm and a leg either! So here are my tips on where to get supplies:

*Use what you have. Who DOESN'T have some old wrapping paper laying around? Old Christmas cards shoved away somewhere? Recycle them! Even paper bags are fair game.

*The Dollar Tree and Dollar Stores are your best friends! Who doesn't love The Dollar Tree?! I can't remember what all I got from here, but I know stickers and boxes of 20 or so Christmas cards were some of the main items. I also found some really awesome rolls of tape with holiday designs on them at the Dollar General store. This year, my mother in-law found some really cute snowflakes for $1 at Walmart that we were able to make, like, 10 cards with! Awesome!

*Look for deals. I noticed the other day, while looking for something else, Michael's had a deal on their cardstock: 3 for $10, which isn't bad considering they are normally $4 each for 100 sheets, if I remember correctly. Maybe it's just me, but that way you can stick to exactly what you want too instead of settling for a multi-pack. I like to stick with green, red, and blue, though I have made quite a few white ones so far this year. :)

*Ask people for their old stuff. Several of my family members were more than willing to share some old Christmas stuff that they never used or was just “junk”, such as leftover wrapping paper, old Christmas cards, stickers, etc.


            Still not quite sure what to use for decorating your cards? Here are some ideas!

-wrapping paper
-paper bags
-aluminum foil
-stickers
-stamps
-decorative tape
-pictures cut out from old Christmas cards
-ribbon
-old Christmas fabric
-and the list goes on! Seriously, get imaginative here, people!


            Need some design ideas? Here are some of the cards I have made and what materials I used. (My #1 tip? Keep it simple!)

*Decorative tape snowflakes (You could also try ribbon.)
*Decorative tape trees
*Trees made from old fabric
*Ornaments made from old fabric and aluminum foil
*Gift boxes made from paper bags and decorative tape and/or ribbon
*Trees made from paper bags and decorated with markers
*Trees made from old wrapping paper
*Ornaments made from old wrapping paper and aluminum foil
*Decorative items glued on the front

            I wish I had taken pictures of more of the cards I made last year, even if they weren't my faves. I feel like I'm forgetting some ideas!
            As far as the inside goes, I chose to use a stamp (which my then 4 year old loved helping with) and a few stickers (she liked that too) to decorate it with, along with signing the card. Since we just dropped ours off at the closest rehabilitative center closest to us last year and didn't know any of the residents there, we just signed our cards “from the Owen family”, but you can do yours however you want, obviously.

            Well? What are you waiting for? Time to get out there and get some card-making supplies! :)

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Personalized Race Across the USA Game Giveaway

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cards for the Elderly-Part 1: Starting a Tradition


            Hey folks! I think the majority of us feel a little more giving and open-hearted this time of year, don't you? (Well, after the initial Black Friday non-sense, anyways. ;) ) I know lots of people have different service-type traditions that they and their families do this time of year. For some of us it can be hard, even if we want to help out in some way. Some people simply don't have the time to spare between kids, jobs, etc. Many don't have the money.
            Last year, we participated in a Family Volunteer Day. I left with several fun ideas that I could even do with the kids as far as projects go. However, they still cost money. (I would love to make tons of fleece blankets for retirement home residents or a women and children's shelter, but fleece is pricey!) So, it finally dawned on me that, “Hey! I should do something I enjoy and already have the materials for!” Which, in our case, is making Christmas cards! And thus was born (what I hope to be) a long time tradition for us.
            I learned a LOT from our experience making cards the first year.

*Start early! I think I started a little after Thanksgiving last year. This would probably be a reasonable time for most to start, but turned out to not be for me for a couple of reasons listed below.

*I had a pretty lofty goal of making 100...By myself! Sure, my 5 year old did help decorate them some, but 100 is a lot for one person.

*I perhaps got too elaborate with some. In other words, while they looked really neat, some were almost too time consuming to be worth the effort. With that high of a goal on top of that, I ended up getting burnt out for awhile and it was no longer fun.

            Needless to say, I am taking all of that into account and learning from it! So, this year I am...

*Starting much earlier! While I am posting this at the end of November, I've actually been working on cards already since the beginning of the month. (I'm writing this on 11/5.)

*While I would definitely like to reach 100 again, I'm not as worried about a specific number this year. But, I may not be worried about a number as much also because...

*I've enlisted more help! One of my Facebook friends who is still in the local moms group we used to go to saw my post asking if anyone would like to help us make cards. She is using it as an opportunity for her December service project with the group! Yay! Couldn't be more excited. :) I'm also hoping some gals who volunteered to help in our nature school group follow through too. I would love to have tons of cards to hand out!

*So far, I am not getting as elaborate with the designs on the front as I did last year. Perhaps if I have time near the end I will make some “fancier” ones.


            Next time, I will be sharing tips on what supplies to use, where to find cheap materials, and design ideas!

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Aucee Tracker Trail Camera Giveaway

AUCEE Tracker Trail Camera Giveaway

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Grecian Soap Company Giveaway

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Wish List: A Gift Guide for the Eclectic Farm Family


            Hey folks! I have been blogging almost 5 years (WHAT?!) now and have never made a holiday gift guide. To be totally honest, I'm not exactly sure how they work from the blogger end. It seems like there are several ways people do them and the version I am familiar with from my early blogging days is not the same as what goes on now. So, consider this a “wish list”, not a “gift guide”. ;)
            Also, to be totally honest, John and I usually aren't into the whole gift exchange thing. But, I have to admit that I have come across some cool things both in stores and while perusing my mom's Lakeside Collection catalog recently. So, at the very least, I hope you find this list entertaining or helpful in some way for your holiday season!

I am not affiliated with or receiving any form of compensation from the following companies or brands...I just thought they had some cool stuff! All rights for pictures belong to whatever website they came from.


For the Kids!

Wal-mart finds...

I thought this looked like something Ripley might like. And bonus, it's educational!(There was one with the alphabet too. Of course I couldn't find a picture of it online.)

Uuummmm so I kind of meant to get this for Myka's birthday and forgot to write it down, therefore I forgot about it. :/ Oops! She saw it the other day, so I definitely won't forget now!


Rural King finds...

Myka is obsessed with horses. (What 5 year old girl isn't?) For some reason, she has gotten it in her head that we are going to own horses some day...Which is totally not happening. Maybe a toy pony will do?

New Ray/Country Life has tons of different farm and outdoor playsets. I really like them, but I'm still trying to decide whether the kids would too. Sometimes they like minis, sometimes they don't!

Imagination Adventure Series also has some great sets for the little outdoors lover in your life. Fishing, camping, ATVs...What's not to love?!


Lakeside Collection finds...

Myka is interested by geography, so I really think she would like this. Fun and educational!...For both of us! ;)

Both of the kids are obsessed with this giant checker board at the library, so this is a no-brainer. Myka and I have even been playing the regular sized checkers at home.

These books are as much for me as they are for Myka. I love reusing things for crafts and I'm sure I can work some of these into school stuff too!

All of these look fun. (There are 4 different ones in the catalog.) My kids are interested in all of these things and I like that they're compact!

Dinosaurs never get old in our house, so this is a no-brainer. Ripley likes them now too and Myka has been into them since she was 2!

A train AND bubbles? Say no more! Shut up and take my money! Ha ha

Again with the dinosaurs. Myka has been really into dinosaur books lately. And being Smithsonian, you know they're good.

I've been wanting to get the kids one of these for awhile. These ones actually look decent-sized too.

I've seen these things over the past few years, but never really looked into how they worked until I helped promote a giveaway for one recently. They look fun and unique!

A dinosaur that makes noise AND has a remote control?! 100% sure my kids would fight over this.


For Mom AND Dad!


Not only would this come in handy while camping, it would actually be even more useful for nights around the fire at home!

We LOVE watching shows on National Parks, so this book looks amazing.

Not gonna lie: We've both been wanting one of these for awhile. Then we would have a better excuse to make a chicken tractor!

We've both been wanting one of these since we moved into our current place. One day, one day...


For Mom!

I actually got some of those fleece-lined leggings at Walmart recently. They're just as amazing as I thought they would be!

Just because we live on a farm doesn't mean I'm into the whole kitchy farm décor or even the ever-so-popular farmHOUSE décor. But...I thought this set was cute. :)

I debated whether to put this on here since I will only have 2 months left by the time I would get it. I don't really care to where as long as they have PLUS SIZES and stuff that's not hideous! It is so hard to find plus size clothes that aren't fugly as hell.

You know what else I would love? Some more photo books! My mom actually made these for me one year, but I think a present to myself this year might be some more! At the very least, I would like to get a bunch of pictures printed and start an album.


For Dad!

He wasn't really specific, but don't most guys not mind getting tools? I don't think mine necessarily just meant like your pliers and whatnot. I think he meant gardening implements too.

John keeps bringing up hoop houses every now and then, so this is the first thing I thought of when I tried to think, “If money were no object, what would John want?” lol

Have you ever seen the prices on these things? They're insane! I know they're good, but jeese...The only reason I have some are because they were on super sale at Rural King last year.

Because you can never have too much storage!


Just for fun, what is on YOUR wish list this year? (It can be something that is purchasable or not!)

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